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    28 Jul '07 06:17
    This is something that has puzzled me for a while, where does the small 'floating' c in some names such as McDougall or McCarthy come from and what is it called? You can't make the c go above the other letters on the computer but when you write some names by hand that is what you do.
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    28 Jul '07 06:59
    Sounds like you're talking about superscript. I don't think I've seen the c in Mc superscripted before though.
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    30 Jul '07 18:35
    Originally posted by prosoccer
    This is something that has puzzled me for a while, where does the small 'floating' c in some names such as McDougall or McCarthy come from and what is it called? You can't make the c go above the other letters on the computer but when you write some names by hand that is what you do.
    I don't know what it is called, but the Mc is an abbreviation of the gaelic "mac" meaning son. McDougal=MacDougal=Son of Dougal.
    The reason that the c is put into superscript is because it is an abbreviation, a bit like when "numbers" is abbreviated to N°. This is derived from the first and last letters of the French "numero".
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    30 Jul '07 18:36
    Incidentally it is increasingly common to exclude the superscript and simply leave the c in normal script. Possibly because it's hard to do with a keyboard.
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    30 Jul '07 22:18
    Originally posted by agryson
    Incidentally it is increasingly common to exclude the superscript and simply leave the c in normal script. Possibly because it's hard to do with a keyboard.
    Well thank you. I looked on wikipedia after athousandyoung said the name of it but it said only a few letters could be superscripted, and c wasn't one of them. It's good to know that my family isn't a bunch of drunken fools in how we spell our name.
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